Fiona Sampson has published six books and
her work has been translated into Romanian, Serbian, Hebrew, Macedonian,
Bulgarian, Finnish, Slovakian and Catalan.
After a brief solo career as a violinist,
she pioneered writing in health care in the U.K., and now researches and
consults internationally in this field.
She has a PhD in the philosophy of
writing process (University of Nijmegen, 2001) and is AHRB Research Fellow
in the Creative and Performing Arts at Oxford Brookes University and
Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex.
She is a specialist in the literatures of
Hotel Casino: chapbook (Aark
Folding the Real (Seren,
Picasso's Men (Phoenix
The Distance Between Us: a
verse-novel (Seren, 2005)
Jaan Kaplinski, Evening Brings
Everything Back: co-translations with the author (Bloodaxe 2004)
Amir Or, Poem:
translation editor and Afterword (Dedalus, Dublin, 2004)
A Fine Line: New Poetry from
Enlargement Europe: edited with Jean Boase-Beier and Alexandra
Buchler (Arc, 2004)
Patuvachki Dnevnik (Travel
Diary): in Macedonian (Knixevna Akademia, Macedonia, 2004)
Folding the Real: in
Romanian (Editura Paralela 45, 2004)
Editor-in-Chief, Orient Express:
The Best of Contemporary Writing from Enlargement Europe (see
Contributing Editor to Absinthe:
New European Writing (US) and Train 67 (Ukraine).
Editorial adviser, East European
Poems in Waiting Rooms 2004.
Board Member, Next Page Foundation
East Translates East programme
Two significant essays: "For
the deaf war they're waging: Contemporary Romanian and Bessarabian
Poetry" Poetry Review 93/3; "In the glass of dark: Mila
Haugová" The Guardian Saturday Review 08/05/04
in health care
Creative Writing in
Health and Social Care: edited (Jessica
Building a Wall with Words: Towards
a Theoretical Foundation for Writing in Health Care (University of
Nijmegen Press, 2001)
The Healing Word (The
Poetry Society, 1999)
The Self on the Page with
Celia Hunt (Jessica Kingsley, 1998, and published in Hebrew by A.C.H.,
Birth Chart (ACE/Southampton
City Gallery, 1993)
Writing in Health Care (DSS/Southern
Creative Writing and the Writer,
with Celia Hunt, forthcoming (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005 fc)
literatures of post-communist Europe
Express, a journal of contemporary writing from post-communist Europe
(Institute of Social Studies, Den Haag). Issue I Oct 2002 - here.
launch issue of Orient Express - "Where do we
come from?" - brings together some of the most important and
influential writing today. From the Baltic States to the Balkans,
Central Europe to Turkey - in fiction, poetry, prose and a
photo-essay, Romanian Trains - eighteen writers join in a search
Launch double issue vols 1 & 2 November 2002
226 pp. ISSN 1478-5005
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Fiona Sampson is translated into 12
Spender Memorial Trust 1998 - 2000.
Founder and Director,
Welsh International Poetryfest 1995 - 2000.
As well as publications (see
above), recent consultancy work includes:
conference on her work,
Regional Arts Council, Oslo, Norway, 2001;
Baggage national conference, Salisbury Arts Centre/Southern Arts,
on poetry in hospice, University of Lund, Sweden, 2003.
U.K. pioneer with series
of major residencies including:
Isle of Wight District
Health Authority 1989-1994;
Age Concern Swindon 1992
Salisbury District NHS
Trust 1999 - 2002.
Founder Committee Member, LAPIDUS.
Co-founder and convenor,
Post-Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing and Personal Development,
University of Sussex; and numerous other training roles.
"superb... perfectly balancing
remoter imaginative and intellectual perspectives with a richness of
earthy, ordinary detail."
Douglas Houston, Poetry Review
"What persuades that this is a
first-rate talent is the logopoeia, the insight, the eyesight and the
acumen: the quiet depth of a physical and visionary
Herbert Lomas, Ambit
"But overwhelmingly, Sampson is
'registering the possible and what's/beyond it'... culminating in
Barbara Bentley, Poetry Wales
"Opening as if in mid-thought and
entailing a single complex sentence, these poems are linguistic tours de
force...point up the extraordinary versatility of Sampson's
Ruth Sharman, Poetry London
"Where these poems
might seem most foreign is in their intellectual slant, which is not very
British and all the more welcome for that. The mainly fourteen-syllable
lines of the sonnets, for example, allow for revisions and explorations
which follow the patterns of a thought beating itself against an idea, and
her ideas are often interestingly abstract, her investigations including
the relationship between the self and the voice, how furniture occupies
space and what a line is."
- reviews by Zoë Skoulding